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Health Care Job Trends

We’re all looking for economic stability and security and it’s been said time and again that health care is one of the top industries. Shreveporttimes.com has verified this with some new statistics that were published.

Reporter Melody Brumble stated in her article two days ago that, “Nationally, more than 1 in 4 newly created jobs in the United States will be in the health care and social services industry through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s occupational outlook data… The fastest growth is projected in low-level jobs like nursing assistants and personal care aides as well as mid-level jobs like physician’s assistants and dental hygienists. Registered nursing jobs also are expected to grow significantly in the next nine years.”

Brumble further explains, “In Louisiana, personal and home care aide jobs are projected to increase by 59 percent, registered nursing positions by 32 percent and nursing assistant jobs by 29 percent through 2016.

“Allied health jobs in physical and occupational therapy, cardiac technology and radiology also are projected to grow between 20 and 35 percent in Louisiana through 2016. The greatest increase is expected in second- and third-tier jobs — the assistants and associates — similar to the trend in nursing.

“Other health-related jobs expected to grow are pharmacy technicians and medical assisting.”

Although many of these statistics are based in Louisiana, I think that these trends are something that will be similar throughout the country. We have an aging population, a current generation with unhealthy habits plus an increase in government aid to the poor. The positions that will become available won’t always be ideal, but in a flailing job market these statistics are quite amazing.

“However, long-time registered nurse Terri Durel warns that even health care jobs experience economic cycles…’The nursing shortage is not near what it used to be. I’ve been a nurse for 25 years. When I got out of school, you could work wherever you wanted and what hours you wanted,’ Durel said. ‘Now there are still jobs, but they may be in a nursing home, and you may have to work nights.’

“The same economic trends that influence other industries is at work in health care. Durel noted that there are fewer hospitals in Shreveport and Bossier City compared to a decade ago. Nurses close to retirement are hanging on to their jobs because their retirement investments have dwindled.”

Regardless of the economic trend in health care, it is only a minor setback considering the demand for skilled health care workers. It is obvious that students in a medical assistanting program in the San Francisco Bay Area are likely to find jobs and financial security in the future.

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